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DIY: Upcycled Tiki Torch

There's no shame in admitting you have a few empty wine bottles lying around your home. Chances are, if you're like me, you see a million cool ideas for wine bottle crafts on Pinterest and have to do them all. Then months go by, and you end up having a stack of wine bottles completely untouched. (I currently have 3 boxes full of empty wine bottles... but for a wedding DIY!)

In Maryland, no matter where you live, summertime brings a plethora of flying bugs to ruin any outdoor experience. Me, not being a fan of nature in general, googled a million ways to keep bugs away when you're dining outside or catching some rays. Citronella and lemongrass were the two key ingredients to keeping bugs away. I had to get some of that!

This tiki torch is a cute, decorative table accent, while providing a great service. It's super simple and is super inexpensive to make.


2 Empty wine bottles

Tiki Torch replacement wicks

2 - 3/8" copper coupling

electrical tape

gravel or stones

citronella tiki torch fuel

1. Fill the wine bottles about halfway full of gravel or stone. This will displace the fuel so you don't need as much. It also helps weight the bottle down so it won't blow over.

2. Pour torch lighter fuel into the bottle.About 3/4 full.

3. Wrap the electrical tape around the coupling until it fits snug in the wine bottle top.

4. Slide the wick through the coupling and let the wick soak in the fuel for at least 30 minutes before using.

Please note this is for outdoor use only.

In just a few steps, you'll be able to stop wine-ing about bugs and enjoy your time outdoors with company!




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